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Guardiola keen to keep Barça grounded

Published: Wednesday 11 March 2009, 23.55CET
FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola remained unmoved despite his players overwhelming Olympique Lyonnais with a scintillating first-half show which secured a 5-2 win, saying: "It was a good performance – nothing more".
Guardiola keen to keep Barça grounded
Thierry Henry scored three goals over the two legs against Lyon ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BarcelonaLyon

Goals scored5
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners7
 
1
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed9
 
26
Yellow cards1
 
7
Red cards0
1

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Published: Wednesday 11 March 2009, 23.55CET

Guardiola keen to keep Barça grounded

FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola remained unmoved despite his players overwhelming Olympique Lyonnais with a scintillating first-half show which secured a 5-2 win, saying: "It was a good performance – nothing more".

FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola remained unmoved despite his players reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a scintillating first-half display against Olympique Lyonnais, saying: "It was a good performance, nothing more". Claude Puel, meanwhile, was left to count the cost of Lyon's showing in the opening half and is now turning his focus to the challenge of winning an eighth successive Ligue 1 title.

Josep Guardiola, Barcelona coach
We played well, very well. In the first half we did everything right, we defended and attacked well. In the second we began with some doubts but we improved within minutes. We had to go in search of the ball because we kept conceding possession and had to hold a higher defensive line. The supporters have had a good time and the players are happy. It is very important seeing the stadium full and witnessing a good show.

We have quality players in midfield like Xavi [Hernández] and [Andrés] Iniesta, who moved the ball with great intensity. Furthermore, we paid close attention to Karim Benzema and did not concede any free-kicks near the penalty area for Juninho to exploit. It was a good performance but nothing more; we have not achieved anything. Now we have to recover physically and mentally. I have no preferred opponents in the next round; at this stage of the competition any team you draw is very strong and will be difficult to overcome.

Claude Puel, Lyon coach
Barcelona were better and I congratulate their players, but my team came to win. The ball was moved very quickly and both legs of the tie were good. Barça played very openly which prevented us from playing our normal game. Their first-half display overwhelmed us, making any comeback too difficult. We have come back in other matches, such as against Fiorentina, but this time we could not.

Anything can happen in football. We remained confident and kept believing but we failed to maintain our pressure. We would have liked to have won and played well but the key was the first half and then we failed to perform as we can. It was a disappointment but the season does not end here because we have the strength to face the challenges ahead in Ligue 1, which is very open. Barcelona are one of the favourites and Thierry Henry was decisive in both games.

Last updated: 12/03/09 0.47CET

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